Assistance on arrival transfer to Hotel, rest of the night at Hotel.
Morning old city sightseeing visiting the Raj Ghat, the site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in India; and the Red Fort – once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire. (Red Fort is Closed on Monday)
Afternoon New Delhi city sightseeing visiting the Humayun’s Tomb, the Qutub Minar. Drive along the ceremonial avenue – Rajpath,
past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House and the President’s Residence and end the tour with a drive through Diplomatic Enclave.
Overnight at Hotel.
Option: Witness Indian Classical Dance Performance followed by Thali dinner at typical Indian restaurant (Haveli) at Hotel Taj Mahal.
Day 03: DELHI / KATHMANDU IC-813 1115/1300 HOURS
Morning transfer to Airport to connect the flight to Kathmandu, on arrival Transfer to Hotel Rest of the day at Leisure.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: KATHMANDU
Morning sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, the unique and fascinating capital of the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal. First visit the imposing 2000 year old stupa at Swayambhunath, majestically set high on a hill overlooking the valley.
Then drive to the central Durbar Square to see fine examples of Nepalese architecture in Kathmandu’s palaces and pagodas. Also visit Ason Tole, a typical Nepalese market place.
BODHNATH, Excursion to Bodhnath, 8 kms from Kathmandu this colossal stupa, is one of the biggest in the world, is built on an octagonal base. It too has the all seeing eyes of the Buddha, inset with prayer wheels. The shrine is ringed by housesof the Goddess Mani Jogini and lamas or Buddhist priests.
BHATGAON, Bhatgaon (Bhaktapur- the City of Devotees) is a centre of medieval art and architecture. The legendary city was founded by King Ananda Deva in 889 AD and is shaped like a conch-shell. Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries. Visit Durbar Square and Nyatapola Temple — a 5 storied pagoda style temple.
PASHUPATINATH, Excursion to Pashupatinath, dedicated to Lord Shiva this Pagoda style temple is situated on the bank of the sacred Bagmati river. It has a gilt roof and richly carved silver doors and is one of the holiest temples in the entire Hindu world.
Pashupatinath is the centre of an annual pilgrimage on the day of Shivratri. Only Hindus are allowed to go inside the courtyard of the temple. Tourists can view the temple from the eastern side of the Bagmati river.
Day 05: KATHMANDU/ VARANASI COSMIC AIR FLIGHT(1455/1535 HOURS)
Morning Patan , known as the “City of Grace and Fine Arts”. Here you will be able to see Patan’s interesting and beautiful pieces of art and architecture.
Also visit the particularly interesting Tibetan Refugee Craft Center. Afternoon transfer airport to connect the flight to Varanasi, on arrival transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 06: VARANASI / KHAJURAHO IC-7408 1220/1300 HOURS
Early morning, drive to Daswamedh Ghat and take a boat ride on the sacred river Ganges.
Continue by boat to see burning and bathing Ghats. Followed by sightseeing tour of the holy city of Varanasi.
Visit some of the many Hindu Temples that line the river Ganges. Stroll along the narrow lanes and bazaars full of shops selling, among other things, the world-famous Banaras Silks.
Later Transfer to airport to connect the flight to Khajuraho, on arrival transfer Hotel.
Overnight at Hotel.
Day 07: KHAJURAHO / JHANSI 176 Kms 04 Hours
JHANSI / AGRA Shatabdi Express 1755 / 2020 Hours
Morning sightseeing visit the famous Chandela Dynasty Temples which are set in a lovely grassy park. The Temples are quite amazing – rising in many peaks and spirals, intricately carved and designed with statues and friezes, some of which are the renowned erotic carvings.
Later Transfer to Jhansi Railway Station Enroute visit Orchha. Orchha’s grandeur has been captured in stone, frozen in time; a rich legacy to the ages. On this medieval city, the hand of time has rested lightly and the palaces and temples built by it’s Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries retain much of their pristine perfection.
Complementing the noble proportions of the exteriors of the palaces and temples, are the interiors which present the finest examples of the Bundela school of painting. Strewn and around Orchha, are numerous shrines and memorials which contribute to the nostalgic beauty of the place.
Visit in Jehangir Mahal, Laxminarayan Temple, Phool Bagh, Chaturbhuj Temple, Raj Mahal, etc.
Later Continue to Jhansi Railway Station to board the Shatabdi Express to Agra, on arrival transfer to Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 08: AGRA
Morning city sightseeing visiting the impressive Agra Fort and the most perfect architectural monument in the world – The Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal – the mausoleum of Empress Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved spouse of Shah Jahan, who died in 1630. The Taj complex comprises a forecourt, a lofty entrance, a charming formal Mughal garden with canals and a central tank with a series of fountains, the tomb proper, and an attached mosque on the west and its symmetrical counterpart on the east.
The Taj is remarkable for its perfect proportions and rich pietra dura, with minute details executed with great skill. The building, often styled “a dream in marble” is said to have taken at least 22 years (1631-1653) to build. ( Closed on Friday)
Agra Fort – which lies on the bend of the River Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. It was built by Akbar as his citadel over the years 1565-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.
Overnight stay at the Hotel.
Day 09: AGRA / JAIPUR SURF 238 KMS 05 HOURS
Later drive to Jaipur Enroute visit Fatehpur Sikri Fatehpur Sikri – the deserted, red sandstone city that was built by Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th century. It was a veritable fairytale city and its “ruins” are still in pristine condition … it’s not hard to imagine what the court life must have been like in the days of its grandeur.
Also visit the Buland Darwaza the largest gateway in the world.
On arrival Check In hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at hotel
Day 10: JAIPUR
Morning excursion to Amber Fort. Make your ascent to the palace fortress on the gaily caparisoned elephant back. Tour the chambers and hallways of the palace which are famous for the excellence of their design and decoration.
Afternoon you tour the walled city of Jaipur a shopper’s paradise famous for handicrafts, jewellery and list goes on…….
You also visit the unique Jantar Mantar magnificent stone observatory built by Raja Jai Singh in 1728. The Hawa Mahal, the intriguing “ Palace of Winds” is really a facade built in 1799, to allow royal ladies to view the city from the windows.
Visit the City Palace, former royal residence built in a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal style and its museums an excellent collection of miniature paintings, costumes and armoury.
Day 11: JAIPUR / DELHI SURF 238 KMS 05 HOURS
Morning free at leisure.
Afternoon drive to Delhi, on arrival transfer to International Airport to connect the onward flights
Day 12: DELHI / Onward destination
*Note: All flight details and timings are subject to change.